Car rentals in Oakland: All you need to know
An Oakland car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to explore all the sights, and even see what the rest of Michigan has to offer. We've answered your most popular questions about car rentals in Oakland. Keep reading to see the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
How can I get a bargain car rental in Oakland?
You are well on your way to getting the best rate on your car rental when you use us. However, there are a more ways to increase your savings. Make sure to:
- Compare all the deals available
- Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually save more and get the car of your choice
- Educate yourself on any cost for fuel policy, additional drivers, and mileage limits. This way you will know the true cost before you rent
- Determine the car you'll need for your trip. Don't get more car than you need
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have outlets in Oakland?
From budget-friendly brands like Payless and Fox to global names like Enterprise and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to get an idea of which one meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Oakland?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Michigan city means you're certain to find a car that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||Business travelers who want a little luxury as they cruise Oakland||Infiniti Q50, Chrysler 300, or similar|
|SUV or Minivan||Family trips where you need the extra room||Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Economy Car||For those looking to save the most on their trip||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Oakland?
Typically, to rent a car in Oakland you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. Additionally, many suppliers charge an extra fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read the rental agreement to discover any additional fees is before you book your car.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Oakland?
Insurance is mandatory, no matter where you're renting a car. That said, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay for the rental in full using your credit card, the card's benefits may also insure you. Keep in mind, these policies may not provide 100% coverage, and you'll have to add it to your booking for Oakland. Check ahead of time and, if it's necessary, you can just include it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
What is the fuel policy for Oakland rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to find a gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you get your automobile. Use as much fuel as you wish and top it off when you return your car at the rental office. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. Used a quarter of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any gas you didn't use. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pick up the car with a full tank of fuel and return the car with an empty tank. Many rental car companies provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||You won't need to find a petrol station near your rental drop-off location||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you don't need to fill the tank back up before you bring the car back||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to fill up before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
Many rental car suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, full-to-full is our stand-out choice. It simply means returning the car with the same level of gas as you got it with, so you'll never pay for anyone else's road trips through the Oakland.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for those who don't want to worry about watching the odometer their whole trip. You will just need to make sure there's nothing else in the small print that could add in extra costs.
Tips before you leave the lot
Be sure you go over a few things prior to leaving the lot on your Oakland adventure. It's worth the time to:
- Walk around your vehicle and determine if there is any damage or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable operating the navigation and entertainment. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Oakland rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Oakland has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the great restaurants, famous landmarks, and all the terrific sites in Oakland.